HHS funds Opioid abuse treatment with $1.8 million

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – On March 11, the Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M Burwell announced the Health Resources and Services Administration will be funding 5 health centers in Kentucky, with a $1.84 million award.

Burwell announced the money will be focused toward treatment of opiod use disorders.

Her announcement asserted the abuse of, and addiction to opioids such as heroin and prescription pain medication, is an increasing public health problem. HHS estimated the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain medication nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013.

They also  estimated heroin-related deaths increased 39% just between 2012 and 2013.

“Health centers treat some of the most at risk patients in the country,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards position health centers to be at the forefront of the fight against opioid abuse.”

 

Burwell’s announcement continued by saying the funding will build upon previous investments, by helping to expand the delivery of MAT substance abuse services.

 

To learn more about the Department’s focus to address what they are calling an opiods crisis, check out hhs.gov

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